My hair journey
If you’ve read my about page you know that I probably spend hundreds of dollars on shampoo and conditioner every year to find the “one” or “ones.” I do like to keep a couple different shampoos in my arsenal just because I like to switch it up.
I had been hearing about Verb a tiny bit through social media channels but my interest really piqued when I went for a recent hair consultation at a local salon and realized they sold Verb. I trust this salon because they’re all inclusive, vegan, and try to use products that can be recycled where they can. I have been looking for products that are better for me and my hair.
I was recently kind of hooked on the Biolage COLORLAST shampoo and conditioner. I purchased this after dying my hair red and needed a salon quality color safe shampoo. I now plan to have my stylist do a cool-toned balayage so my needs have changed a bit as far as shampoo and conditioner go.
The product that piqued my interest the most immediately was their Volume line. I have very thin hair but a lot of it. And when my hair is shorter I love to have some natural volume to it. So needless to say, I had high hopes for the Verb Volume line.
They do have a mid to high price point. For twelve ounces of product you’re paying around $18 per bottle. So I wanted to purchase some samples before I went all in. They have a custom kit where you can select two shampoo and conditioner set samples, a hair mask sample, a sample size of their ghost oil, and two stylers. Then, they gave me a free sample when I checked out.
So, in total here are the samples I ordered:
My plan is to attempt to use the matching sets together. So I would use the Ghost shampoo and conditioner with the prep cream and dry oil. Then, I will just use the volume set alone. Then, I would use the Sea Texture shampoo and conditioner with the Sea Texture styling cream.
about my hair type
My hair type can be described as the following:
sea texture shampoo & conditioner
I actually reached for this first because I received my samples on a Saturday and wanted a nice, effortless look. So, I hopped in the shower and ripped open the shampoo sample. The shampoo smelled wonderful. It was very clean and easy to use. It lathered nicely and I was a fan. The conditioner I did not really like. It smelled like heavy sea salt. I know this is the entire point of this line. So, maybe this line isn’t for me, but I just wasn’t a huge fan. I was, however, surprised that the conditioner still conditioned my hair even though it smelled so heavily of the actual ocean. After towel drying my hair I placed the Sea Texture cream into my ends and let it air dry. The cream definitely gave some grit to my hair and I felt like I had a lot of volume after using this. However, beachy waves are not my favorite hairstyle to rock nearing autumn. It is also important to note that my hair felt really clean for about 36 hours after washing and styling. This is a long time for me. Usually it’s only 12-24 hours depending on my activity level and the products I use.
This is definitely best suited for oilier hair as the salt can be quite cleansing on the scalp.
Overall rating: 7/10
Volume shampoo & conditioner
The shampoo smells really good. Pretty much exactly as the rest of the shampoos smell — very clean. This cleaned my scalp really well and the shampoo in this line is thicker than the other shampoo samples. However, I really liked that. It rinsed well and left my head feeling clean. The conditioner was great as well. It is thick and conditions extremely well. My hair was super shiny after use. It smelled different than the shampoo but it still smelled good — almost botanical.
After washing, I used the Ghost prep cream on my ends and blow dried my hair to add some oomph. I know I said I wasn’t going to be mixing lines but I was using heat on my hair and I still have enough left to use it with the rest of the Ghost line. I can’t say the shampoo and conditioner gave me overwhelming volume alone. However, it left my hair feeling clean and shiny. They do have a volumizing root spray in this line they recommend you use with it.
Update: This did not keep my hair clean as long as the Sea Texture line did. I actually prefer the Sea Texture shampoo and then the Volume conditioner.
Overall Rating: 8/10
ghost shampoo & conditioner
Again, the shampoo smelled like the other shampoos. Very clean. This shampoo was closer in consistency to the Volume shampoo — which I do enjoy. I find it lathers a bit better than the Sea Texture shampoo. However, I really loved the Sea Texture shampoo too.
This is a pretty basic shampoo. It’s definitely not for volume. I would definitely say it’s gentle, cleansing, yet moisturizing. This shampoo does not feel like it strips your hair. It did clean my scalp much better than the Volume shampoo did which is important to me because I often get dandruff from product buildup (this includes any left over shampoo). I need my shampoo to cleanse and rinse well.
The conditioner is A+. It’s thick like the Volume conditioner but it smells better and has a lot more slip to it. The only thing I can say is when rinsing this out the “soft” feeling doesn’t stay. However, when your hair dries it’s extremely soft. So, I’m not sure what’s up with that — but I like it.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Ghost dry Oil
BUY IT. There, that is my review.
No, but seriously. Go get this right now. The oil seems thick but as soon as you place it onto damp hair it soaks in. When your hair is dry there is ZERO residue. It smells great (almost citrusy?). I really don’t have much else to say. I will be purchasing. This is the oil I’ve been looking for all my life. I used this after using the Ghost Shampoo, Conditioner, and hair mask. So yes, that may be why my hair felt so soft. However, this oil is just *chef’s kiss.* The fact that there is zero residue for any of these products and my wavy/straight hair isn’t flying all over the place is just a 10.
Overall Rating: 10/10
Ghost prep Cream
I used this first with the Volume shampoo and conditioner. I love this. It smells clean like the rest of the products and was really light weight. I used a pea sized amount and raked it through the ends of my damp hair and brushed my hair out to get it ready to blow dry. Brushing my hair with my wet brush after placing this product in my hair was lovely. My brush ran through my hair with no tangles. Then, I blow dried my roots and used a hairdryer/round brush (like the Revlon ones that are so popular) to finish off the look and smooth everything out.
Overall Rating: 9/10
ghost hair mask
I am not a huge fan of this. But I do not regularly do hair masks as I just never feel they work. I did use this after the conditioner. However, this is much thinner than the conditioner and I honestly didn’t feel it do much. I think you could certainly live without this.
Overall Rating: 5/10
sea texture cream
I wanted to order the spray but settled on this because it was my only option. However, I am not disappointed. This smells clean, again, like the rest of the products. It definitely gives texture and grit to your hair after it dries. I used this in damp hair after washing with the Sea Texture shampoo and conditioner. I am a fan. However, like I said above, I don’t usually rock the beachy waves look. That may change after I get my hair chopped off and I may very well purchase this. It definitely did the job.
Overall Rating: 8/10
what i am purchasing
I don’t think it’s a secret after reading my reviews that I am a fan of the Ghost line now. I think if you have thick, beautiful wavy hair you may enjoy the Sea Texture line. Make sure you don’t have a sensitive scalp if you decide to purchase that! I really wanted to love the Volume line. It does have mixed reviews on their website but I figured I’d try it. I probably won’t be purchasing anything out of the Volume line. I think the Sea Texture line was much better at giving me volume and texture so I would be way more likely to reach for that.
What I am purchasing: